Colne welcomed Chappel & Wakes Colne just two weeks after having narrowly lost at their opponents. Batting first, Colne’s top three (including a welcome return for Chintesh Patel) made hay with some wayward bowling. Pat Kerry & Chintesh both made 50’s before leaving Daryl Sleeman to carry his bat through the innings with an excellent 128*. With Colin Holdgate and Ian Doyle also applying quick runs near the end, Colne ended on a superb 299-3.
With the now established opening bowling partnership of Paul Bromley & Harry Porcher applying the usual run-rate pressure and both taking two wickets for very few runs, the Chappel wickets started to fall at regular intervals and it became clear that the visitors would not be chasing for the win so much as the batting points. Some good catches were taken, with the highlight being Alex Robson’s one-handed casual hold at mid-wicket, and some usual bad drops were also seen, none more so than from the usual reliable wicket-keeper Pat. Daryl couldn’t be kept out of the game either and brought himself to take 3 late wickets, although the final bowling point couldn’t be won, with Chappel finishing on 132-9, thoroughly beaten but as amicable as ever.